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Chelsea’s inability to make signings this summer means incoming Chelsea boss Frank Lampard will have to assess the many talents that had loan spells away from the club last season.
According to Sky Sports reporter David Reed, Michy Batshuayi and Tiemoue Bakayoko can be important players for Chelsea next season.
Batshuayi struggled on loan at Valencia in the first half of last season but improved in the second half of last season on loan at Crystal Palace. Tiemoue Bakayoko also had a good season on loan at AC Milan after a terrible first season at Stamford Bridge.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Transfer Talk, Reed said: “We talk a lot about the younger players that are coming back from all these loan spells – I particularly like Reece James as well who was doing really well at Wigan, got injured this summer, but hopefully he’ll be back soon – but there’s also senior players, you look at Michy Batshuayi, he’s gonna be coming back.
“If Michy can get himself into form and into full fitness, he could be a really key player for Chelsea this season.
“And another one in central midfield as well, Tiemoue Bakayoko, who’s been out playing in Italy for the season, he’s gonna be coming back.
“Didn’t really pull up any trees in his first season at Chelsea, but he’s a really good ball-carrying midfield player who can unlock defences by just his strength and his ability to take the ball forward.
“So he can be another one to keep an eye on as well as these younger players.”